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First Chinese-American illustrator, Chinese Etiquette classic  

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Instruction for Chinese Women and Girls, first Chinese-American illustrator

Tsao, Lady

New York and Cincinnati

Eaton & Mains; Jennings & Pye,



Approx.  61 unnumbered pages. Illustrated with 12 full-page black and white illustrations by Sun Yow Pang. Translated by Mrs. S. L. Baldwin. (12mo), original printed red cloth, gilt titles and decorations on cover, red endpapers, a.e.g. First Edition. 

Translation of the first Chinese book of etiquette, ancient classic, comprehensive Confucian guide to virtuous female conduct. Inscribed by American feminist and suffragette leader May Wright Sewall.

Pang, the first known Chinese-American book illustrator, was a Christian convert born in Canton who came to San Francisco, where his father owned a business, as a teenager in 1877. He worked as a free-lance artist, and illustrator for a New York Chinese newspaper, married an American woman and was active in Sun Yat-sen’s organization of revolutionary expatriates. He was last heard of in 1930 as owner of a Chinese restaurant in Tampa, Florida.. This was the first of only two books with his illustrations.

Sewall's inscription reads: "The virtuous woman described by Solomon is the woman incarnating the virtues taught by Lady Tsao, May 7, 1904.”

Lot Amendments

Spine lightly sunned; dampstaining and soiling to covers; upper corner of ffep clipped.

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